Two academics elected into the academy of social sciences

20 September 2017

Anthropology and Psychology academics named as new fellows to prestigious professional body.

Two Sydney academics have been elected as new fellows to Australia’s peak professional body for social sciences.
Professor Linda Connor and Professor Louise Sharpe were elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia for their contributions to advancing research knowledge and developing new approaches in their fields.

“It is wonderful to see Professor Linda Connor’s anthropological expertise recognised by her election to the Academy of Social Sciences, where she is now counted among Australia’s most distinguished social scientists.”
Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. Annamarie Jagose.

The new fellows will be formally inducted at the Academy’s General Meeting and Annual Symposium to be held in Adelaide from 18-20 October.

Professor Linda Connor
Professor Connor is Chair of Anthropology in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Her current work focuses on the cultural effects of environmental change and energy transitions, with recent ARC projects concentrating on coal mining and climate change activism in the Hunter Valley and Northwest NSW.  
Professor Connor completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Sydney, undertaking fieldwork in Bali, Indonesia on traditional healing and social changes associated with mass tourism, development, and globalisation. She held various postings at universities in the U.S, including the University of California, and Australia, before joining Sydney again in 2009.

Professor Louise Sharpe
Professor Sharpe is Associate Head of Postgraduate Research Education in the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science. Her research explores the efficacy of cognitive and/or behavioural treatments in the management of chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune condition affecting 445,000 Australians.
Professor Sharpe, who also completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Sydney, has published a number of randomised controlled trials of psychological interventions in pain and has held numerous NHMRC and ARC grants exploring placebo effects, and investigating novel treatments for people with chronic and acute pain.